1606 N 600 Rd, Baldwin City, 66006

little bluestem

Schizachyrium scoparium

True deep blue foliage and exceptional bronze-red fall color. Tolerates heat and humidity. Native to prairies, fields, clearings, hills, limestone glades, roadsides, waste areas and open woods from Alberta to Quebec south to Arizona and Florida. It was one of the dominant grasses of the tallgrass prairie which once covered the rich and fertile soils of central North America.

ACCORDING TO THE XERCES SOCIETY, Little bluestem serves as a larval host for 9 skipper species including the common wood nymph (Cercyonis pegala), Dakota skipper (Hesperia dacotae), Leonard’s skipper (Hesparia leonardus), and others.